“I'm writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later
I can build castles.”
- Shannon Hale
I love working with authors to help them polish their manuscripts until they shine! I treasure my critique groups, and know that providing and receiving critiques has made me a stronger author. I am a member of 12x12, a judge with Rate Your Story, and one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek. The following critique options are available. If you don’t see an option that works for you, please contact me so that we can design a package that meets your needs. I work with multi-published authors to authors just beginning to explore their talent.
Full Professional Critique: $110.00 — This critique includes line edits; big picture comments (including strengths and weaknesses); an analysis of the narrative arc, emotional arc, emotional resonance, voice, pacing, and character development; an exploration of where your manuscript fits into the market; ways to slim down your text; ideas about writing in a visual way; ways to craft satisfying page turns; and craft resources.
Full Professional Follow-Up Critique: $85.00— This detailed critique is available after your manuscript has received a Full Professional Critique and has been revised.
Initial Big Picture Critique: $65.00 — This critique includes a paragraph summary of the strengths and challenges in your manuscript, and possible areas to consider as you revise.
Follow-Up Big Picture Critique: $50.00 — This critique is available after you've received an Initial Big Picture Critique.
Putting it All Together: $208.00 — With this discounted package, you’ll receive a Full Professional Critique, a Full Professional Follow-Up Critique, and a Follow-Up Big Picture Critique. This is the ultimate package to help you move closer and closer to crafting a manuscript that is ready for submission. With the purchase of this package, you will also be able to purchase a query letter critique and a zoom consultation for 15% off the regular price.
Polish Package: $275.00 — When you have a great submission opportunity, an agent asks for more work, or you have a tight deadline looming, the Polish Package will get you feedback from TWO authors (Lauren and Katie Frawley). Katie is an incredibly talented author who always offers insightful and enriching feedback. With this unique package, feedback will be returned within 48 hours so that you can polish your manuscript until it shines. For more information about Katie Frawley, you can visit her website at: https://katiefrawley.com/.
Polish Live– with Katie and Lauren: $200.00 — Polish Live includes a thirty minute Zoom call in which Katie Frawley and Lauren Kerstein will critique your manuscript in real time. In addition to the regular benefits you can expect from a critique, this collaborative atmosphere can lead to bubbly brainstorms, idea bouncing, and unexpected inspiration. Lauren and Katie will send brief notations on your manuscript in a follow-up email.
Query Letter Critique Package: $55.00 — With this package, you will receive an initial query letter critique and a follow-up read. Critiques will include suggestions for crafting the most dynamic and engaging query letter possible. Query critiques will be returned within 72 hours.
Storystorm Idea Consultation: $100.00 — With this 45-minute Zoom consultation, we will talk through your favorite Storystorm ideas to assess viability, marketability, and heart. We will identify the top three ideas for you to pursue and mold into first drafts. With the purchase of this consultation, you'll receive 20% a Full Professional Critique.
30-minute Zoom Consultation: $75.00 — With this consultation, we will work together to identify strengths, highlight areas to revise, and talk about marketability and viability. You will pre-send your manuscript to Lauren and then she will send you a link prior to your pre-scheduled meeting.
Ongoing Editing Support: $45/hour — If you have multiple manuscripts and are looking for ongoing editorial support, look no further. I offer ongoing editorial support for transforming first-drafts into polished gems. Please contact me to set up a meeting to talk further about this service.
NEW: Critique Partner Discount: 20% off — Would you and your critique partner(s) like critiques. Sign up together and receive 20% off your critiques.
Add $25.00 to any critique and the critique will be returned within 24 hours. Please email Lauren to make sure she is in town before signing up for a rush.
Please enter the specific fee in PayPal. Then email me your manuscript. I look forward to working together!
I have created a number of templates and tools over the years that have helped me tremendously. One of my beloved critique partners recommended I post them on my website, so here are a few! I hope they help you too!